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KCSMMHZ
Oct 25, 2012 6:00am PDT
century power. it's not really a 21st century power. and so those of us who are post-modern century societies, who live in very 21st century ways in the world, have got to share our ideas about the legitimate and most effective use of hard and soft power, of robust diplomacy, but legitimate diplomacy. again, in the post-modern world, what we're looking at is a network of relationships, intensive bilateralism, and you can see this now in japan's relations, growing maritime relations with india, its relations with australia, japan, australia, the united states. there are a whole series of triangles and four-pointed diamonds that one could imagine to do different things. and it seems to me the most flexible organizations and the ones that are probably most productive in the world are not the grand alliances with grand charters and treaties but the very practical arrangements for cooperation. >> that was michael clarke, director general at the royal united services institute for defense and security studies. >>> japanese officials say the united states must do more in the wake of a rape
KCSMMHZ
Oct 29, 2012 6:00am PDT
will affect people's lives and the economy. >> translator: every year we use the deficit bond bills as a tool to make political deals. we should give up this inappropriate practice. >> for more on this story, shery ahn spoke earlier with nhk world's senior political commentator masayo nakajima. >> masayo, how badly is the leader in opposition now? >> the government will run out of bills if the budget cannot be passed soon. many of the services will come to a halt. this almost happened in the united states in 2011 and this past summer. prime minister noda is telling voters that the opposition is not cooperating and will be delayed if funds stop flowing and services were interrupted. the opposing parties are pointing fingers at the government, on the other hand. they insist that noda is not following through with his promise to call a general election soon, because he is unpopular, and they do not appear ready to cooperate. you know, if both parties, both sides, can not come to an agreement and the budget cannot be enacted during this month-long diet session, japanese voters will sure
KCSMMHZ
Oct 1, 2012 6:00am PDT
government for hosting the plant. the town uses the funds to build public schools and run hospitals. the resumption is expected to create new jobs. across the street from ohma is the city of hakodate. it opposes the restart. parts of the municipalities are within 30 kilometers of the plant. residents are worried about safety. hakodate's mayor says the project should be frozen indefinitely. he says the city plans to take legal action to stop it. >> translator: our city is considering a lawsuit. i want to prepare quickly. >> industry minister yukio edano says power companies should bear the primary responsibility of winning approval of local municipalities for resuming construction of nuclear plants. he says this remains unchanged from before last year's disaster. >>> members of japan's nuclear regulation authority say they'll examine the ohma plant using new safety standards. they say they won't allow the facility to operate unless it meets the requirements. >>> unemployment in the 17-nation eurozone remained at record highs in august. the european union statistics agency said the jobless
KCSMMHZ
Oct 22, 2012 6:00am PDT
their 20s. members of the public use the site to evaluate the progress of morsi's policies. the site receives 6,000 to 10,000 hits a day. >> translator: under the previous government, no one would have imagined ordinary citizens commenting on what the president was doing. >> reporter: this man is a frequent visitor to the site. he posted a comment criticizing the president's failure to solve the programs. >> translator: president morsi could be worse than mubarak. if we don't speak out against him, we might suffer for another 30 years. >> reporter: president morsi is keenly aware he is being watched. a team of police officers were mobilized recently to ease traffic congestion. they removed stalls set up on the roads by street vendors. but the vendors quickly returned. criticism on the morsi meter site came swiftly. just as swiftly, the muslim brotherhood and its political wing, the freedom and justice party, hit the streets. the groups form a large part of morsi's power base. they began distributing garbage bins bearing the party's name. >> translator: people criticize us, saying we
KCSMMHZ
Oct 2, 2012 6:00am PDT
electronics shows. nhk world's ta mow coca mata gives us the inside line. >> reporter: more than 600 companies are participating in this exhibition at a site near tokyo. major japanese electronics firms such as sony are presenting their latest products at the show which began on tuesday. visitors are interested. this is what walking may look like in the future. just a slight hand pressure of my hand. electronics manufacturer murata has a small company that specializes in devices to assist the elderly and infirm. nearly a quarter of the japanese population is now over 65 years of age. there's a growing market for products for the elderly, and manufacturers are becoming increasingly innovative. >> translator: i think the senior market will expand as the numbers of older people increases. there's also demand in europe, the u.s. and other developed countries. >> reporter: this product supporters the wearer's joints and muscles. this man can easily carry more than 50 kilograms. the suit makers say they developed it to help older people working in manual jobs. many newer blood pressure mon
KCSMMHZ
Oct 5, 2012 6:00am PDT
staff of the site. they used the plant's emergency response center to communicate by video link with the agency's headquarters in tokyo. they rehearsed measures to evacuate the village and ensure the safety of its residents. >>> turkish commanders are mobilizing armored vehicles along the border with syria. they have been increasing their security since an attack on a border down. the turkish government action follows a second straight of artillery strikes by its military. those forces were retaliating for a syrian mortar attack on on the town of akcakale. the border attacks killed five civilians including a woman and her three children. prime minister recep tayyip erdogan says turkey would never want to start a war, but he said nobody should test turkey's determination to protect their borders. the united nations security has expressed concern about the situation along the border. it issued a statement denouncing the mortar attack. >> the members of the security council condemn in the strongest terms the shelling by the syrian armed forces. >> the statement says the shelling highlighted
KCSMMHZ
Oct 17, 2012 6:00am PDT
. military presence in okinawa has hit another high. nhk world's yoichiro joins us. fill us in a little on the background to this alleged sexual assault. >> it followed the deployment of the deployment of the military aircraft osprey to the station. folks opposed to the decision to deploy osprey in okinawa. they worry about the aircraft flying over residential areas because it has poor safety records. the japanese and the u.s. government fear the incident could further stir up okinawans anger over u.s. bases. the governor nakaima says that it has been accidents caused by u.s. servicemen and he's calling on the japanese government to work to improve the situation. he warned that otherwise japan/u.s. ties would deteriorate. more than 70% of american military facilities in japan are based in okinawa. it's a foundation of the u.s./japan security alliance. without the support of the okinawan people the alliance itself wouldn't exist. >> now the u.s. military is in the process of realigning its forces in japan. what kind of impact could this case have an those plans? >> well, japan and the u.s.
KCSMMHZ
Oct 24, 2012 6:00am PDT
gives us a picture of what's likely to happen. >>> japan's two biggest cable television companies plan to integrate their businesses by autumn next year. the group called for tighter discipline and a row view on how american troops are educated on human rights. they also sought faster efforts to realine and downside efforts on u.s. bases in okinawa. >> the armed forces agreement is at least what the people hope for. i hope the government takes our voices into account. >> okinawa police say there's been 100 cases of rape or attempted rape between 1972 amend 2011. 1972 was when the prefecture converted over to japanese rule. massive protests follow the crime. after the latest incident, a rally is being planned for later this month in the city. the two suspects were stationed there. okinawa city officials are announces plans to -- they say they're expecting about 1,500 participants. >>> facebook executives announced they're in the red for the second straight quarter. business expansion costs have competed their projected growth. the social network's officials said revenues for the july to
KCSMMHZ
Oct 12, 2012 6:00am PDT
make disaster response more effective, and it's being used by a japanese company to reach damaged sites that are hard to reach and to send back high-resolution video images. nhk world's hideyuki morita has the story. >> reporter: a strange object flies into sight. it takes pictures. the large copter, as it's called, can shoot a video like this. it's a work of this area for the company in niigata prefecture. yamazaki and his team photograph disaster areas across japan. >> translator: the unique thing about this unmanned copter is that it can go places are humans cannot, take foe stow, and gather valuable information. >> reporter: four years ago the team made this unmanned aircraft guided by the law, it flies to locations and takes pictures and returns. at the end of march of last year, the aircraft made headlines. it flew over the major nuclear plant in fukushima right after the disaster. from a height of 400 meters, it took photos. this shows the further details of the damage. it provided crucial information on where to spray water and how much. until now, the company could only take st
KCSMMHZ
Oct 23, 2012 6:00am PDT
past four years. >> we ended the war in iraq, refocused our attention on those who actually killed us on 9/11. and we're now able to transition out of afghanistan in a responsible way, making sure that afghans take responsibility for their own security. and that allows us also to rebuild alliances and make friends around the world to combat future threats. >> reporter: on the other hand, romney accused obama of making the united states appear weak immediately after taking office. >> the president began what i've called an apology tour of going to various nations in the middle east and criticizing america. i think they looked at that and saw weakness. in those nations and on arabic you said that america had been dismissive and derisive. you said that on occasion america had dictated other nations. mr. president, america has not dictated to other nations. we have freed other nations. >> reporter: obama appeared eager to attack his republican opponent, accusing romney of sending mixed messages on important issues like afghanistan, iran, and iraq. romney focused on demonstrating his under
KCSMMHZ
Oct 26, 2012 6:00am PDT
. this man used to be a newspaper reporter. he covered congress and government for more than 20 years. he is managing this evening's fact checking. >> because foreign policy had not been as important or central in this campaign as the economy has been up until recently, there's some material here we're going to have to research for first time. >> reporter: as soon as the debate begins, eugene kiely starts to type what both candidates say. he comes across figures or comments that need checking. next, he e-mails colleagues, telling them what to research. then they check the accuracy of the comments. they use official sources like those of the congressional research for candidates' past remarks. and when kiely thinks it's necessary to release the results, the group sends out tweets. it indicates romney's statements contradicts what he said in the past. they also verify whether each candidate's calls his contestant's remarks accurately. >> we are here to be an advocate for voters. and if they have any -- if they are confused or have questions, hopefully we'll be able to answer them for th
KCSMMHZ
Oct 10, 2012 6:00am PDT
preserve the policies in place that they have in case they have to use it later on. >> some of the people who make monetary policy got together here to discuss how to manage government debt and all the risks stemming from that. they, too, turned their attention toward japan. japan's vice finance minister for international affairs, takahiko knack yao says government officials are fully aware of the situation they find themselves in. the ratio of debt to gross domestic product is the highest among developed countries. the imf urged japan to raise taxes and cut spending. he said government leaders need to take into account how that might affect the cost of social security and whether it might hinder economic growth. italy's central bank governor ignacio visco said european leaders face budget struggles of their own and they, too, worry about slower growth. now, the panelists said government and commercial banks have become closer in recent years. they said they need to prevent the risks faced by countries from spreading to the banking sector. christian from the central bank said a eur
KCSMMHZ
Oct 11, 2012 6:00am PDT
. the purchase would spawn a global telecom giant. the negotiations are going on as the use of smartphones and other mobile devices is growing worldwide. sprint nextel has more than 56 million subscribers. nhk sources say softbank executives are in negotiations to acquire two-thirds of the total shares. softbank's total investment is expected to reach about $12.8 billion. both firms are providers for apple's iphones and both use a high-speed wireless communications protocol called lte or long-term evolution. the stronger yen is believed to be a factor in softbank's consideration in aspiring to buy sprint nextel. softbank executive are amay or may notally hoping to vastly expand their network in the u.s. where the market is showing considerable growth. if successful, the deal would lead to the creation of a telecommunications company with more than 90 million subscribers. >>> europe's financial leaders keep hearing others talk act their problems with debt. they're eager to turn the attention away from themselves. members of the international monetary fund and the world bank are
KCSMMHZ
Oct 9, 2012 6:00am PDT
in tokyo, and they cut their forecasts yet again. nhk world's ron madison followed the talks for us at the tokyo international forum. >> reporter: we have spoken with a number of influential economists, and the general sense we're getting here is one of uncertainty. finance ministers, central bank governors and their colleagues from 188 member nations have all read and many have even written about the trouble spots, trouble spots that we've all been hearing about so much lately -- greece, italy, and spain. but they also see question marks elsewhere in europe and in the united states too if politicians there fail to agree on policies that promote growth. let me read one line from the report. it says the recovery has suffered new setbacks and uncertainty weighs heavily on the outlook. >> ron, that looks like a weighty forecast. what jumped out at you from those pages? >>. >> reporter: actually quite a weighty book, as well, i'm guessing about 230 pages here. the folks at the international monetary fund release this it outlook four times a year, but the wording in the last six months s
KCSMMHZ
Oct 31, 2012 6:00am PDT
fought two wars that cost us dearly, the united states is turning to the vast potential of the asia pacific region. >> obama turned his attention at home to pushing through health care reform, something president after president had tried to do. he succeeded with what became known as obama care, the most significant overhaul since medicare and medicaid in the 1960s. he pushed to shore up banks after the financial crisis and congress passed legislation two years ago imposing stricter regulations on financial institutions and giving more protection to customers. reforming the nation's finances has proved more difficult. republicans criticized obama for the mounting national debt and they say the unemployment rate, 7.8%, is unacceptably high. >> the latest poll suggests the candidates are running close, but they were taken before the storm hit shore. earlier i spoke with nhk world's nishikawa on obama's successes and his failures. mishiko the president is not the first president, obviously, to promise change. but he certainly made that word stick. how do voters think he has done? >> ri
KCSMMHZ
Oct 3, 2012 6:00am PDT
. >> translator: it's great. >> translator: kim jong-un cares for us as workers. i can't tell you how thankful we are. i feel like i can relieve a whole day's stress by enjoying attractions here. >> it's not just rides but restaurants, too. north korean officials want the world to know their country is changing. this newly opened italian restaurant offers 11 different types of pizza. its popular with locals, and it's also attracting tourists. >> in the western media you don't see stuff like this, so it's really interesting. >> reporter: people in north korea are currently enjoying a traditional holiday period. they take time to honor their ancestors and relax. their leader is never far from their minds. >> translator: kim jong-un is devoting himself to run the country to better its people's lives. we're enjoying the holiday, praising kim jong-un and the workers party. >> reporter: the people we met make up a small percentage of the population. north korean authorities only allow foreign media to interact with those who are well-off. u.n. world food program representatives estimate 60
KCSMMHZ
Oct 19, 2012 6:00am PDT
brussels to create a single supervisor in countries that use the euro. the leaders of the 27-nation european union agreed to phase in a banking union during the course of next year to achieve that they want to complete a legislative frame work by the end of this year. a supervisor would oversee commercial banks across the eurozone. >> our main priority was progress on the banking union. we also sought to clarify new concepts and to test the degree of support for various ideas in view of reaching conclusions in december. >> the leaders hope an integrated system will break a cycle of poor bank management and national budget problems. they also got an update on leaders on the greek budget. they would implement wage cuts in return for 31 billion euros in aid but the leaders didn't reach a decision on whether to go ahead with the next round of help. >>> china's commerce ministry said investments were at 8.43 billion last month down 6.8% from a year earlier. many overseas company refrain from investing in china because of the impact of europe's debt crisis. the european union showed a 6.3
KCSMMHZ
Oct 4, 2012 6:00am PDT
? >> well, they went ahead for logistic and strategic reasons. the marines have been using helicopters that are obsolete, so they need to find a replacement. on the strategic level, u.s. military commanders are implementing a new defense strategy with more emphasis on the asia pacific region. some security analysts say they're doing so to counter china's military buildup. and that's where the osprey's advanced capabilities come in. it flies faster and five times further than the helicopters in use, and it can carry twice the load. so u.s. military leaders see the osprey as an essential tool to carry out their strategy. and japanese officials are well aware of this too. and that's why they approved the deployment. >> and how are both of those groups reacting to the local opposition? >> well, u.s. and japanese officials worked out a set of rules regarding osprey flights. for example, they said the aircraft would avoid flying over residential areas and stay above 150 meters as much as practicable. but residents say this wording gives the planes too much leeway. for example, these pictures show
KCSMMHZ
Oct 16, 2012 6:00am PDT
they were up to something by using this course. >> so according to what you think, you don't think this action is normal. now, what do you think are the intentions of china, then? >> yes. we have to consider about the two divisions. one is the central government, central china deciding plot this course, it means they want to see or understand the japanese reaction not only from government or from -- of course also from the society. one more thing is they of course want to show their presence in this area. navy vessel is quite different from the civilian vessel. navy vessel, the meaning is quite different. and one another is the independent operation by lower-level command. they want to appear to central patriot action, patriot feeling. so it is much more dangerous. t patriot action, patriot feeling. so it is much more dangeroul to patriot action, patriot feeling. so it is much more dangerous. >> so they may be acting independently from what the central government is telling them. do you think there are any possibilities that the dispute between japan and china will actually escalat
KCSMMHZ
Oct 15, 2012 6:00am PDT
shapley developed a theory on so-called matching methods. professor alvin used shapley's theory to clarify market functions. the academy says the two economists have achieved outstanding economic engineering. >>> a former syrian opposition leader says the u.n. and arab league envoy may take a new approach to ending the civil war. burhan ghalioun says lakhdar brahimi wants to send in thousands of peacekeepers. government and opposition forces have been fighting for a year and a half. ghalioun said brahimi hopes to deploy at least 3,000 armed peacekeepers. 300 unarmed u.n. monitors were forced to leave the country in august. government and opposition forces are fighting for control of the northern city of aleppo and the central city of homs. human rights activists say more than 30,000 people have been killed in syria since the uprising began in march of last year. they say more than 300,000 have fled to neighboring countries. brahimi plans to visit damascus this week to present his proposal to president bashar al assad. brahimi visited a longtime ally of syria to look for help in end
KCSMMHZ
Oct 18, 2012 6:00am PDT
the threats or using force. burns met in beijing with chinese foreign minister yang jiechi. he reportedly told yang the united states will not take sides on the issue, something american officials have said repeatedly in recent weeks. china's state-run xinhua news agency reports yang reiterated his country's stance on the dispute. chinese maintain the uninhabited islands are part of their territory. analysts see this latest comment as a message to the u.s. to stay out of the matter. >>> dozens of politicians in japan have done something their neighbors in south korea and china feel opens an old wound. two cabinet ministers and nearly 70 other lawmakers visited the yasukuni shrine. the site honors japan's war dead, including major war criminals. the lawmakers are mainly from the ruling democratic party and the main opposition liberal democratic party. transport minister yuch row hata and yukio shimoji were among them. >> i signed as mikio shimoji from the new people's party. i don't think visiting the shrine will be a diplomatic issue. >> this visit is private. since it is priva
KCSMMHZ
Oct 8, 2012 6:00am PDT
which can be used to create tissue for neurons and heart muscle. john b. gurdon was the first one to discover that it might contain all the information found in an organism in 1962. 40 years later, yamanaka confirmed and expanded on gurdon's thesis. professor yamanaka spoke about his nobel prize win at kyoto university. >> translator: i am very happy about receiving this prize. but at the same time, i feel a great sense of responsibility. ips is a new technology, and it has a lot of potential in the field of medicine and the development of new drugs. i want to continue this research. now that i have received this honor, i would like to -- or i feel i must contribute to society as soon as possible. >> professor yamanaka also said he's very honored to receive this coveted prize alongside john b. gurdon. >>> space exploration has entered the commercial era. a ship built by a u.s. company has blasted off with supplies for astronauts in orbit. the craft is taking over from the space shuttles and taking private enterprise where it's never gone before. nhk world's sarah milkovich has the st
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